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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 17 July 2014

"The Monster at the End of the Garden"

 
Issue#57: "The Monster at the End of the Garden"

Barnaby and Loaker move Molochstein into their dad's shed....

Notes and References:

The title of the issue isn't a direct reference to any one thing. However it is a play on "The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover", A sesame Street book written by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin. In the book, Grover tries to stop the reader from reaching the end of the book, Where he knows there is a monster. It is finally revealed that the monster is Grover himself.

This is the forth appearance of Molochstein, A troll like creature that Barnaby and Loaker met and befriended up in the mountains.

This is also the forth appearance of Beauregarde the grumpy rabbit.

Beauregarde thinks "they'll let anyone stay in this garden", This is a reference to the Mole-Men who previously occupied in the garden in issue#10: "Barnaby and Loaker VS The Mole-Men" until "issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men" when the grumpy rabbit evicted them. It is also his way of stating that he is the main resident of the garden.

The final three panels show Molochstein sitting alone in the shed. This was done to illustrate the point that Molochstein is perhaps feeling as isolated and as lonely as Barnaby was after issue#53: "No Country For Barnaby Banks". It also shows how Molochstein may not have wanted to leave his mountain home.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"Kathy and the Real Boy"

 
Issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy"

Kathy attempts to move on from Barnaby....

Notes and References:

The title and the header (notice the change of fonts and designs) of this issue is a reference to "Lars and the Real Girl", A 2007 comedy drama directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer. The film follows Lars (Gosling) as he begins a romantic relationship with Bianca, A life sized doll.
This issue deals with Kathy Dudbert attempting to move on from Barnaby after the events of the Doppelganger Saga by going on a date with Bancroft, A human boy instead a Gremlin.

The costume that Bancroft is wearing is another example of Kathy Dudbert's sewing skills. The first example of this was in issue#30: "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks Part 6" where she created "Raggedy Barnaby".

This is the first Kathy Dudbert centered issue without the title "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks". This is also the first issue where Bancroft is wearing something other than his signature yellow and black striped jumper.

Barnaby, Loaker and the newly introduced Molochstein can be see walking on the other side of the fence. Molochstein has appeared in issues#54 and #55.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

"Barnaby and Loaker Meet Molochstein"

 
Issue#55: "Barnaby and Loaker Meet Molochstein"

Barnaby and Loaker befriend the monster they met last issue...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein", A 1948 horror comedy directed by Charles Barton and featuring the comedian double act Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. In the film the pair encounter Count Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Barnaby and Loaker share a similar partnership to Abbott and Costello with Barnaby often playing the straight man to Loaker's loveable fool.

This is the second appearance of Molochstein. He appeared last week but with no dialogue. This issue serves as his main introduction to the series.

Molochstein is a troll like monster who lives up in the twin peak mountains- Mount Moloculus and Mount Steinnus. As Barnaby mentions in this issue, Molochstein is regarded as an urban legend to the people living in Moloch Falls. Barnaby compares him to Big Foot and makes mention of another Moloch legend- The Moloch Loch Monster (Their version of The Loch Ness Monster). The Moloch Loch Monster may be featured in a later strip.

Barnaby once again makes mention of his recent troubles with his evil doppelganger Bartleby and the freak lightning storm that created him.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

"No Gremlin Is An Island"

 
Issue#54: "No Gremlin Is An Island"

Barnaby's quest for solitude doesn't quite go to plan as he brings Loaker along and meets a monster...

Notes and References:

Last week's issue "No Country For Barnaby Banks" showed Barnaby deciding to leave Moloch Falls for a while so that people would start appreciating him again and so that he could get a little time to reflect on recent events. This issue shows that Barnaby has decided to take Loaker along for the ride and he has only gotten as far as the twin peak mountains- Mount Moloculus and Mount Steinnus (the mountains seen regularly in the background of most strips and the banner).

The tent seen in the header of this issue is a Rooster Thompson tent. Rooster Thompson is a cartoon superhero show which Barnaby is a massive fan of.

The title of this issue is a play on "No Man Is An Island", A line from the 18th century poet John Donne. The meaning behind this famous saying is that no one person can truly be self sufficient as we all need to rely on one another. This relates to Barnaby's current situation and it sums up his line in this issue- "I think that solitude is better shared between two people" meaning that while Barnaby may have a longing for some time alone, He doesn't really want to be as truly alone as he might think.

At the end of this issue, Barnaby and Loaker meet a large monster. More information about this monster will be revealed in the next issue- "Barnaby and Loaker Meet Molochstein"

Thursday, 19 June 2014

"No Country For Barnaby Banks"

 
Issue#53: "No Country For Barnaby Banks"

Following the events of the Doppelganger Saga, Emily Hair inadvertently gives Barnaby the idea to leave Moloch Falls...  

Notes and References:

Emily Hair last appeared in issue#40 "The Gremlin Club" Part One.

Hair wasn't directly involved in the Doppelganger Saga so it makes sense that Barnaby would talk to her about it.

Emily Hair mentions Feigenbaum. Barnaby, although having now met Feigenbaum in issue#50 "Battle of the Barnabys" Part Two, doesn't seem to know him by name. 

Emily Hair's mention of her "mam's caravan" is taken from a conversation I had with the REAL Emily Hair awhile ago.

This is the first time readers have seen Barnaby and Emily Hair have a conversation in the series.

Barnaby Mentions Bartleby from "The Doppelganger Saga" which lasted from Issue#44 until Issue#51.

Several love heart tree carvings by Kathy Dudbert which were later destroyed by Aldbug Lobings appear in the background.

In the strip's title banner, Barnaby is seen carrying a Bindle which is a stick with a bag containing the person's sole belongings. The Bindle has long been stereotypically used by the American sub-culture of Hobos.

The title of this issue is "No Country For Barnaby Banks" which is taken from Cormac McCarthy's 2005 thriller novel "No Country For Old Men". The plot of the book revolves around three separate characters who all cross paths with one another after a failed drug deal.
The book's title comes from the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" written by W.B. Yeats in 1928. The poem deals with a man's spiritual and metaphorical journey as he pursues his own vision of paradise and eternity. However Cormac McCarthy's title deals more with the main protagonist's struggles over the escalating crime he faces as a lawman as well as his feelings of isolation and being left behind by the world due to his age. This relates to Barnaby's own feelings of inadequacy and rejection due to recent events in "The Doppleganger Saga"

Thursday, 12 June 2014

"See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"

 
Issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"

Feigenbaum discovers that Beauregarde can see him while Beauregarde finds out that the Pooka can hear him...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from the "Three Wise Monkeys", A pictorial saying that embodies the principle of "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil". This saying was made most famous in the 1989 American comedy "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" starring Gene Wilder as a deaf man and Richard Pryor as a blind man. This relates to Feigenbaum, A character who is rarely seen by other due to being partly imaginary, and Beauregarde, A character who voices his opinions through his thoughts alone.

This is the third appearance of Beauregarde who previously appeared in issue #37 "Barnaby and Beauregarde" and #42 "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men". He also appears in the new banner above.

Feigenbaum mentions his recent unimagining at the hands of Bartleby in issue#46 "The Unimagining of Feigenbaum". He recovered from the ordeal in issue#50 "Battle of the Barnabys" Part Two.

This issue illustrates Feigenbaum's eagerness to make friends and Beauregarde inherent grumpiness. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

"The Moloch Six"

 
Issue#51: "The Moloch Six" 

Part Eight of Eight of the Doppelganger Saga

The conclusion of the Doppelganger Saga! The evil Bartleby wakes up in a parallel universe and meets Lord. Loaker, Daphne Kuthbert, Bizarrecroft, The Other and Hairbot#4000....

Notes and References:

This is the eighth appearance of Bartleby.

Bartleby mentions that several years have passed for him since issue#50 "Battle of the Barnabys" Part Two. During this time, Bartleby has been trapped in complete darkness thanks to the timely intervention of Feigenbaum last issue. Bartleby only wakes up on this parallel universe thanks to Lord Loaker and his group, who seem to have known of him for awhile.

The name of the Moloch Six was inspired by Marvel's "Sinister Six", a group of supervillains that battle Spiderman and first appeared in Amazing Spiderman Annual 1 (1964). They were created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character of Lord Loaker is inspired by Marvel's Dr. Doom, Enemy of the Fantastic Four, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962.

The group are also influenced by The Crime Syndicate Of America (An evil version of Justice League from DC comics) created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky in 1964. The character of Bizarrecroft takes his name and appearance from the DC Comics character Bizarro created by Otto Binder and George Papp in 1958.

This is the first issue of Barnaby and Loaker not set in the Prime/Original universe. This story primarily takes place on a Parallel Universe (also known as the Evil Universe). In this universe Moloch Falls is a barren post apocalyptic land where a villainous group known as The Moloch Five (original name before Bartleby joins them making it the Moloch Six) rule supreme.
 
The group consists of-

Lord. Loaker (Evil counterpart of Loaker Banks)

An evil genius and tyrant as well as the leader of the group. He was once very much like our Loaker until a pooka known as The Other came to him and warped his mind. Through his insanity and partnership with The Other he gained a supreme intelligence and began researching the nature of Gremlins, Discovering that he is direct descendant of the ancient Moloch. This knowledge only fueled his sick mind and drove him to destroy the town along with the planet with the help of his followers. He is an expert in robotics and is the creator of the current Hairbot#4000 among other versions.  

Daphne Kuthbert (Evil counterpart of Kathy Dudbert)

A lonely, disturbed girl who longed for love but could never find the right person to fall in love with due to the lack of a Barnaby Banks in this universe. She devoted herself to studying genetics and created the creature known as Bizarrecroft to be her friend and boyfriend. Both she and her hapless creature fell in with the wrong crowd and joined Lord Loaker and his evil team.  

Bizarrecroft (Genetically engineered evil counterpart of Bancroft)

Bizarrecroft is a creature created by Daphne Kuthbert. He is very slow moving and dimwitted. Unlike Bancroft, He has hair and wears a check jumper instead of being bald and having a striped one, He also has horrible white skin. The character is a pastiche of the superman character Bizarro.  

Hairbot#4000 (Robotic evil Counterpart of Emily Hair)

Hairbot#4000 is one of the latest robotic servants of Lord. Loaker. It is built to assist with any task given to it by Lord Loaker. However with each Hairbot, There is a persistent flaw in which it desires to paint. It also has a device called the multidimensional transporter which enabled Lord.Loaker to rescue Bartleby from eternal Darkness.  

The Other (Evil replacement for Feigenbaum)

A former pooka who serves and works with Lord Loaker. Unlike the relationship and friendship that Loaker has with Feigenbaum, The Other purposefully took over Loaker's mind and twisted the young gremlin into the evil lord of destruction. As stated he was once a creature very similar to a pooka but lost his status as one along with his pooka ears due to being absolute evil. He is not a direct counterpart of our Feigenbaum, The Other is a different pooka who arrived in Moloch Falls instead of Feigenbaum.

The History of The Evil Universe

This universe is said to have originally became so dark and evil due to Loaker never having a brother like Barnaby Banks. The lack of Barnaby has deeply affected and changed several characters for the worse. It should be noted that this universe also did not originally have a Emily Hair or Bancroft until creatures with similar attributes were created by Loaker and Daphne Kuthbert. Also the pooka known as The Other is not a direct counterpart to Feigenbaum either but serves in his absence with Feigenbaum never having came to Moloch Falls.

The lack of Barnaby, Emily Hair, Bancroft and Feigenbaum has had a negative and devastating affect on this world's Loaker and Kathy Dudbert (known as Daphne Kuthbert in this timeline, There's a whole family tree I've made to explain the name changes and hair colour but I won't get into it here) 

Bartleby is the newest member as well as the only member not from the Evil Universe.